Last night we ate at Norma's in the Barclay Farms Shopping Center on Rt. 70 in Cherry Hill near I-295. The food was only OK and we were disappointed. Oasis On Church Rd near Rt.38 is much better. At Norma's we started with soup. My wife said of the vegetable, "It tastes like Progresso." The lentil soup was bland, also similar to canned. The Harrira soup was very similar to the lentil, bland with a few non lentil beans thrown in. ( I have only had this before at Oasis, and there is has very interesting spices.) The tabouli salad and marinated feta with tomatoes were both excellent. Hummus and baba ghanouj were OK but not special. The stuffed grape leaves were typical canned ones, warmed up. Falafel was quite dry, probably reheated. The tofu shawarma was OK, but quite bland.
We really like middle eastern food. Aladdin's Palace in Hamilton (2607 Hamilton Ave) right off I-295 was one of our favorite restaurants under its previous ownership and we still go occasionally. Sahara in Montgomery on 206 is OK, a little better than what we had at Norma's. Oasis is much more interesting as are Star Manti (Turkish) on Rt 130 in Delran and Sila (Turkish) a little further north on Rt 130. in Edgewater Park.
Is Norma's worth another try? How about its partner Couscous?
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